Macintosh 2.0

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 13:15
Category: iPhone

If the iPhone is version 2.0 of the Macintosh computer, then the 4GB iPhone is the second coming of the original 128k Macintosh. Product reviews seem to bear this out: The iPhone is phenomenal, while falling short. A vision of the future, hampered by the constraints of current technology.
The iPod was doomed to the same slow death as the PDA. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone and increasingly, they can do it all. Horrid little convergence devices that live in your pocket. Connected to a network with operating systems that remind me of the screen menus built into my TV set.
Enter the iPhone: iPDA, iCamera, iWebrowser and iPod. It is the handheld computer that Microsoft could not envision. Just like the original Macintosh, it is running well out on the edge of the curve teetering on a technological reality that barely meets the requirements. Cellular network speed, fixed battery and memory all stretched to the limit. It’s the screen baby, supported by an intuitive touch interface and slick animated graphics. Crack one open and it is nearly one third battery. The remaining two thirds are just pure magic.


If the iPhone is version 2.0 of the Macintosh computer, then the 4GB iPhone is the second coming of the original 128k Macintosh. Product reviews seem to bear this out: The iPhone is phenomenal, while falling short. A vision of the future, hampered by the constraints of current technology.
The iPod was doomed to the same slow death as the PDA. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone and increasingly, they can do it all. Horrid little convergence devices that live in your pocket. Connected to a network with operating systems that remind me of the screen menus built into my TV set.
Enter the iPhone: iPDA, iCamera, iWebrowser and iPod. It is the handheld computer that Microsoft could not envision. Just like the original Macintosh, it is running well out on the edge of the curve teetering on a technological reality that barely meets the requirements. Cellular network speed, fixed battery and memory all stretched to the limit. It’s the screen baby, supported by an intuitive touch interface and slick animated graphics. Crack one open and it is nearly one third battery. The remaining two thirds are just pure magic.

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2 Responses to “Macintosh 2.0”

  1. YEP, pure magic! Tricknology like this makes me drool and it’s not just about the science it’s those very clever imagineers who dream up functional convergence to come up with a must have gizmo. In 5, probably less years everyone will own a palmtop do-it-all super computer/communicator. and I for one can’t wait!
    ~cuttsy~
    http://www.cuttsy.com

  2. It is VERY cool. But it could easily do SO much more, just with simple software re-programming.
    How about letting us have cut & paste? Without it, how does one maintain/organize/re-organize lists on it…errands, tasks, to-dos, shopping lists, etc.
    How about sync-able Notes? Ideally Notes with a drag-able checklist/outliner like was on Apple’s insanely great Newton Notes.
    For a screenshot of that and a 1 paragraph description see
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Newton#Notes
    And so many more features that would just involve simple re-programming.
    As for hardware…if they fit 1 button on the face, why not 3? And why not thicker for a bigger (removable?) battery?